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Is it better for the environment after i have was my hands to use paper towels or use the 1.5kw hand dryer for 20-30 seconds.I'm guessing that recycled paper towels are not recycled again after they have been used to will eventually find there way to land fill.Hmmmmmmm - this ones got me thinking.
Although you didn't mention it I would say it would be best to use the old fashioned cotton towel.
What you seem to forget is that with the hand dryers you are bound to use more tapwater !!! You would have to rinse your hands enough to leave a film of clean water on them, because otherwise they do not feel clean after evaporating the water. With the hand towels (or with the cotton towel) you wipe off a film of more or less dirty water, and feel clean. So you use more tap water and end up with more waste water.
Quote from: that mad man on 10/06/2007 21:53:13Although you didn't mention it I would say it would be best to use the old fashioned cotton towel.But then you have to consider the power usage in laundering the towels.
Quote from: DoctorBeaver on 11/06/2007 12:25:18Quote from: that mad man on 10/06/2007 21:53:13Although you didn't mention it I would say it would be best to use the old fashioned cotton towel.But then you have to consider the power usage in laundering the towels.I thought that was why women had smaller feet................Runs and hides....  
While in principle, the cost of laundering the cotton roller towels ought to have been taken into account, this was not important in practice. In my recollection those towels were seldom washed. The practical outcome was that you washed your hands, looked at the grubby towel and wiped your hands on your trousers.(and it will take someone braver than me to explain that "joke" to Karen.)BTW, Eric I, I don't know about you but I wash my hands until they are clean however I plan to dry them.
i however have heard that joke, and you better watch it, doc!
oh, you know what you've done. lol. and i explained it to karen... just be careful... women are secretly very powerful creatures. lol
I read, recently of a new electric hand drier which had no heater but used a 'blade' of very high speed air, which strips the water (and, presumably, residual grot) off your hand, leaving it bone dry. Very economical.